Pennsylvania Hazmat Transportation regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Hazmat Transportation: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous materials transporter requirements:

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Registration: 67 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 403.7(a)

Safety: 67 Pa. Code 403.7(b) to (d)

Cargo tanks: 67 Pa. Code 403.7(g)

Regulatory Agency

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) Bureau of Maintenance and Operations Motor Carrier Division

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Pennsylvania has adopted the federal hazardous materials regulations with the addition of supplemental rules for registration, towing of vehicles, extended loads, reckless transport, and special permits for cargo tanks. For information about the requirements for hazardous waste transporters, see the state section HAZARDOUS WASTE TRANSPORTERS.

Administration and enforcement. PENNDOT's Motor Carrier Division administers and enforces rules for hazardous materials carriers.

State Requirements



67 Pa. Code 403.7(a)

Carriers transporting hazardous materials in or through Pennsylvania in quantities requiring markings or placarding must register with PENNDOT every year on forms obtained from the Department. A copy of the form must be sent to the Department and a copy must be kept at the carrier's place of business for 3 years.


67 Pa. Code 403.7(b) to (d)

Motor vehicles that are carrying hazardous materials in quantities that require markings or placarding may not be towed on a highway in Pennsylvania except to remove the vehicle and cargo to nearest place of safety. The decision to tow is the carrier's; however, the carrier should consult with local emergency officials when ...

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